Usually, the migratory songbirds clean out our chokecherry trees before they leave. This year, whether because of all that rain or for some other reason, they didn’t. And a chunky Ruffed Grouse decided to try for them. At 20 ounces, it’s a heavy bird for the thin, fruit-bearing branches.
So she has to climb through the branches very carefully.
After scoring 10-12 berries, she retired to the larger branches by the trunk of the tree for a nap.
This is just a bird getting food. Not a political metaphor or something. Seriously.